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Traditionally prepared from sheep’s milk in the Greek island of Cyprus, Halloumi cheese is making its way up the list of popular food trends – and with good reason. As one of the most popular restaurants in Sliema, we at Charles Grech Bistro take a look at this is a delicious and truly unique cheese, which can be enjoyed in many ways.

Taste & Texture

Served plain, Halloumi is firm, salty and a bit rubbery. It is perhaps best compared to mozzarella or a thick feta in taste, except that it has a strong, salty flavour imbibed from the brine preserve, which fades once cooked. Its unusualness mainly lies in its preparation, which doesn’t require any acid or acid-producing bacterium, but also in its transformation once cooked.

Halloumi has a high melting point, which is just as well; to be enjoyed fully, it should be fried, grilled, or fired up. When cooked properly, the cheese becomes beautifully crispy and savoury on the outside, and sensually melted on the inside through a slightly creamy texture. This one-of-a-kind cheese is an essential part of a Cyprus Meze – often offered as an accompaniment with cold beer, but also tastes lovely when grilled, pan-fried or thinly sliced on a salad.

Looking for restaurants in Sliema where you can have a Halloumi of a good time?

Our chefs at Charles Grech Bistro have incorporated this unique cheese into a scrumptious salad with aubergines, flaked almond and mixed leaves as part of our exciting new menu. Come over and let us treat you to the delicious food and premium liquors you deserve in one of the leading restaurants in Sliema! With a symphonic combination of the belle époque style décor and a warm ambiance, our bistro is the epitome of class and sophistication.

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